internet – PrivaSecTech Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:34:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What are our regulators doing to protect Canadian internet sovereignty? Thu, 09 Feb 2012 21:31:40 +0000 Continue reading What are our regulators doing to protect Canadian internet sovereignty?]]> This is the basis of the follow up letter from Digital Policy Canada drafted to the CIRA sponsored Canadian Internet Forum this week. The fundamental question we need to ask, what are Canadian regulators doing to protect Canadians, as well as their intellectual property, from foreign state actors who assert legal or technical controls over them? Right now for example, the American government is attempting to position itself as the global internet police, by taking down foreign domain names, even if no laws have been broken in that country.

If you run a website, that broke no Canadian laws, how would you feel if the American, or any, foreign government took it down because they didn’t like it?

Digital policy asked this question a year ago, and requested a follow up by the end of 2011. As no response was received, help us ask the question: what are our regulators doing to protect Canadian internet sovereignty?

If you’re on twitter, you can join the discussion using the #ciraif hashtag.

You can read the entire Digital Policy Canada letter here [pdf]

Disclosure: I am a co-founder and active member of Digital Policy Canada.

Where is your computer connecting to? Sun, 11 Dec 2011 21:47:29 +0000 Continue reading Where is your computer connecting to?]]> What is your computer doing on the internet without your knowledge?

Does it ever seem like your computer is working, even when you’re not telling it to do anything? Have you ever wondered if there is someone else accessing your computer, or if your computer is transferring information over the internet without your knowledge? If you’ve never checked, it’s probably doing a lot of things–some of them not good! Viruses may be working, hackers could be connecting to your computer, and “legitimate” programs may be transferring information about you that you didn’t authorize.

How do I find out what programs are running secretly on my computer?

Here’s a quick and easy way to open a window onto what your computer is doing over the internet:

* For Windows download and install TCPView
* For Macosx, go to Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal and run “lsof -i”
* For Linux, you can also install lsof and run “lsof -i”

If you run one of those programs right now, you may see 50 activities or more in a long list. That’s a lot of communication going on between you and your computer without your knowing about it, isn’t it!

One item in the list you will see is a connection from your computer, to TCP port 80 of ( which is where this website is currently being hosted.

If you see the word “LISTEN”, that means it’s a program waiting for people on the internet to connect to it. Are you sure you want these programs running even when you didn’t tell them to?

How do I learn about what these unknown programs are doing?

The list you’re seeing shows the applications on your computer that are using the internet right now. The list also shows the “Remote Address”, which is where your computer is connecting to. If the remote address is an internet address (IP), you can find out where or what that address is if you resolve the DNS.

Next week, I’ll show you how to identify exactly what all those programs are, and how to stop, remove or gain control of them.

If you want this done for your organization in an automated fashion, with reporting as part of an internal audit, this is a service that provides.

Stop online spying in Canada Wed, 22 Jun 2011 18:11:02 +0000 Continue reading Stop online spying in Canada]]> You may remember a year ago I broke the story on the introduction of the minority government’s Canadian version of the patriot act (see articles one and two). As promised, the now majority government has promised to push these through as well as others as part of an omnibus bill. My friends at have started a campaign to stop online spying, not to mention you the consumer paying for it. You can sign the petition here to stop this before it passes.

Canadian petition against usage based billing Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:53:32 +0000 Continue reading Canadian petition against usage based billing]]> As of writing this, I am one of over 180,000 Canadians that have signed the stop the meter campaign against usage based billing. There are several challenges with usage based billing, the main two to me being the immediate killing of all internet service provider (ISP) competition where very little exists already, as well as the stifling of innovation in the digital media space. Not to mention, internet fees will go up for all of us. You can read TekSavvy’s statement on the issue (this forces them to limit customers who were at 200GB/month limits to only 25GB/month limit!), or the open letter against UBB for more information. There’s also an info-graphic examining some of the costs.

A few minutes ago, Shaw posted their data usage webpage. What’s most worthy of note is there explanation at the bottom of why people often go over their limits:

  • Peer-to-peer file sharing programs, including music and movie downloads

There are also legal reasons for using peer-to-peer, for example, if you’ve ever downloaded Ubuntu GNU/Linux you’ve likely used torrents. Many music and movie sites legally encourage you to use torrents as well. Not to mention the grey market downloads…

  • Viruses

Do you want to be financially punished if you get a virus?

  • Emailing large files

Do you want to have to pay attention to every email you send, or receive, to make sure there are no large attachments?

  • Streaming video websites, social networking media/websites

Isn’t this where the internet is headed, and one of the current benefits of the internet?

  • Multiple users on the same network

I guess Shaw wants us to start having smaller families.

  • Computer hackers
  • Compromised wireless network — is someone else using your Wi-Fi network?

Again, do you want to financially punished if either of these things happen to you?

What can you do?